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ContactThe Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English$
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Robert McColl Millar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409087

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.001.0001

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Robert McColl Millar

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0006

This chapter argues that the distinction previously made by some scholars between the linguistic forces underlying new dialect creation and those underlying contact between closely related varieties often considered to be discrete is probably misinformed. The changes involved in the contacts fuelling differentiation are, if not the same, essentially of the same type. Koineisation lies as the heart of both.

Keywords:   Contact Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Koineisation

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